Enterprise Research Centre - Phase 3

Lead Research Organisation: University of Warwick
Department Name: Warwick Business School

Abstract

The UK faces significant economic uncertainties. Brexit will bring new challenges and opportunities, alongside the continuing productivity gap and persistent trade deficit. At the same time, global trends related to Industry 4.0 and digitisation are challenging the viability of existing business models, and creating new policy challenges. ERC will help address these challenges through: a programme of robust, policy-related research; synthesis of existing knowledge; and extensive stakeholder engagement. The plans we outline build on an extensive Stakeholder Consultation we conducted in early 2017 with over seventy participants, as well as subsequent discussions with Funders and other potential partners.

Research and data development (plans for month 1 to month 20)
Over this period our research programme is divided into four themes and eight projects of fixed duration:

1. SME Finance and Investment - SME Finance has been a consistent focus of ERC research since its inception with a focus on discouragement and the impact of financial status on performance. Current concerns focus more strongly on SMEs' willingness to invest in both tangible and intangible assets, and how this might influence firm and local growth in the future. Reflecting these concerns we propose two initial projects in this research theme linking SMEs' tangible and intangible investments to firm-level and place-based growth.

2. Innovation, internationalisation and growth - understanding the barriers and enablers of innovation and its relationship to internationalisation and growth has been central to ERC since its inception. Recent projects have focussed on university-business collaboration, the growth effects of publicly funded R&D and profiling innovation activity across LEPs in England. To date, however, studies of SME innovation and growth in the UK have generally paid relatively little attention to the IP system. We plan two inter-linked projects in this theme which explore the returns to public and privately funded R&D in small firms and explore the contribution of IP to growth and productivity. The latter project will develop new matched data resources.

3. Leadership and management (L&M) teams and SME performance - Concern about the quality of L&M in UK firms has been longstanding, with potential implications for growth and productivity. We propose two studies focussed on how management practices can assist small firms to draw on external resource and knowledge acquisition to boost growth and productivity. The results will have implications both for management training and place-based policies for business development.

4.Diffusion and productivity upgrading - Significant disparities in innovation and productivity exist between the most productive 'frontier firms' and other, more domestically-oriented, 'non-frontier firms', and between micro and larger companies. Projects in this theme focus on calibrating productivity differentials within sectors and localities, exploring their determinants and developing appropriate policy responses.


Synthesis:
A key learning point from the first two Phases of ERC is the value of synthesis activity alongside new knowledge creation. Curation of existing knowledge to make it accessible is therefore a core theme of our proposals. Our Stakeholder Consultation also suggested the value of short, focussed briefing notes which provide an expert and robust view of a tightly defined topic. Illustrative topics might be "How do quality standards such as ISO 9000 change firms' ability to innovate? or 'What makes a small business resilient?'. SOTA reviews will be 3-4 pages, written in non-technical language, and provide hyperlinks to source material. SOTA Reviews will be commissioned from UK and international academic and policy experts across the social sciences. Provision is made for 20 Reviews in Year 1 with a further 10 in Year 2 and Year 3 of ERC Phase 3. Reviews will be hosted on the ERC website.

Planned Impact

Our impact strategy for Phase 3 will build on the strong infrastructure, networks and engagement channels that have been put into place over in Phases 1 and 2 of the ERC. The changing nature of the policy environment mean that the stakeholder community is a shifting one. We therefore propose to carry out a new stakeholder mapping exercise and develop a new Engagement and Impact Strategy during the first three months of Phase 3.

We will develop a new Advisory Panel and, to ensure effective and structured engagement over the lifetime of the Centre, we will use CRM software to maintain a stakeholder and contact database.

ERC has four priority audiences, each of which requires distinct approaches to engagement and impact (see 'Pathways to Impact'):
* National policy makers and influencers (e.g. officials at BEIS, Innovate UK, IPO, BBB, CLG, HMT, HMRC, DFE and Cabinet Office)
* Regional and local level policy makers (e.g. LEPs, Growth Hubs, Midlands Engine, Northern Powerhouse, West Midlands Combined Authority)
* SME leaders and SME-facing organisations
* Business and economic policy think-tanks (e.g. Nesta, IFS, Resolution Foundation, What Works Centre, Centre for Cities, RSA) Delivering on engagement and
impact

The Centre will also continue to have a dedicated Deputy Director for Impact and Engagement to lead on engagement and impact strategy and delivery. Importantly, in terms of infrastructure, we are able to continue to use Warwick Business School's London premises at The Shard to host meetings, and events at no cost.

We will continue to have a strong focus on user engagement, building on our established approach of 'engaged scholarship' - high quality research produced in close collaboration with end-users. Engagement will take place through the Steering Committee (see below) and a new Advisory Panel. For each project we will create a small, focused Project Advisory Groups, comprising relevant stakeholders, users and the research team.

We will continue to publish a regular stream of high quality research outputs including research papers, policy briefings, SOTA reviews and an Annual State of Small Business Britain Report. We will continue to hold an Annual State of Small Business Britain Conference supported by thematic seminars in other locations around the UK. We have developed a set of KPIs to monitor and capture the impact of the ERC's research.
 
Description It is relatively early in the life of this grant and at this point we report below early findings from two initial research projects with a focus on R&D and innovation.

1. Innovation growth and productivity in SMEs - the returns to public and privately funded R&D.
This project addresses three research questions are:

1. What drives innovation in SMEs? How important is R&D? Analysis by sector and size.
2. Which types of innovation (NTM, NTF, organisational strategic etc.) have the greatest productivity payoffs?
3. How do these payoffs vary depending on whether the innovation was publicly or privately funded?

Key findings based on an analysis of the UK Innovation Survey waves 4-10 are as follows:
(a) We find consistent evidence that R&D is positively linked to product/service, process and organisational innovation. Product/service innovation is positively linked to growth but negatively related to productivity. Process innovation is positively related to both growth and productivity. Organisational change has less consistent performance effects but is also linked to productivity improvement.
(b) These effects differ between firm types with the strongest links between R&D and innovation evident in manufacturing, larger and high-tech firms.
(c) Publicly-supported and wholly-privately supported R&D have differential effects on product/service, process and organisational innovation. For product innovation the effects of publicly supported and wholly-privately supported R&D are broadly similar. For process innovation and organisational innovation publicly-supported R&D has a stronger link to firms' innovation.
The results emphasise the different relationship between product/service innovation, growth and productivity and process innovation, growth and productivity. Supporting product/service innovation has potentially negative productivity effects but positive scale (growth) effects. Supporting process innovation has positive effects on both growth and productivity.

2. Leadership and management practices and innovation.
The aim of the project is to identify those managerial practices which are most strongly linked to effective adoption. This leads to three research questions:
• RQ1: What are the most important adoption enabling management and leadership practices?
• RQ2: How do these adoption enabling practices differ by size and sector?
• RQ3: Are the management and leadership practices which enable exploration the same as those which help with exploitation?

Initial analysis has focused on three existing datasets which provide information on management practices as well as innovation, exploitation and exploration. Complementarities between management practices and openness in the innovation process have proved more difficult to identify than expected. Stronger relationships exist between firms' openness strategies and innovation success with significant differences evident between firms aiming at radical and incremental innovation.

The key result is that while there are many ways to organise external collaboration for incremental innovators; for radical innovators, however, successful innovation requires a single combination of external collaboration strategies. In particular, radical innovators need to have a few partners at the idea generation stage, and no partners in commercialization. Our result suggests that radical service innovators can independently commercialize their innovations as long as they have the right partnerships in ideation, and our data suggests that these firms make significant investments in branding their innovations. By contrast, incremental innovators benefit from complementarities in collaboration across the ideation and commercialization stages, and are even able to manage numerous sources of external ideas if they have further support in commercialization.
Exploitation Route Our results have clear policy implications and should be of value to BEIS and other stakeholders interested in business growth and productivity.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.enterpriseresearch.ac.uk
 
Description Our analysis of the relationship between digital adoption and productivity has been used as part of the evidence base for the Business Productivity Review currently being conducted by BEIS. The findings were originally published in our State of Small Business Britain report in June 2018 and have been widely used by BEIS over the subsequent period. Over the last year we have published around 25 SOTA or State of the Art Reviews on topics related to entrepreneurship, small business growth and innovation. These have been widely used within government as part of different evidence bases.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other
Impact Types Policy & public services

 
Description Business support in less favoured areas (FSB, Nov-18, Dec-18)
Amount £8,000 (GBP)
Organisation Federation of Small Business (FSB) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 11/2018
 
Description English Champagne? Geographical Indications (GIs) and productivity after Brexit (ESRC, Jan-19, Jan-21, 249)
Amount £201,469 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/S006419/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 10/2020
 
Description Evaluation of Scottish Account Management (Scottish Enterprise/Scottish Government, Jan-18, Feb-19)
Amount £40,000 (GBP)
Organisation Scottish Enterprise 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 02/2019
 
Description Evaluation of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Project
Amount £42,250 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 05/2020
 
Description How to improve Productivity in the Manufacturing Supply Chain - Diffusing Excellence across the UK Casting and Metal-forming Sectors
Amount £331,641 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/S001786/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 01/2021
 
Description Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund
Amount £500,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Nottingham 
Department Business Engagement and Innovation Services
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2017 
End 03/2018
 
Description Mittelstand Mindset project (High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Jan-19, Apr-19)
Amount £22,000 (GBP)
Organisation High Value Manufacturing Catapult 
Start 01/2019 
End 04/2019
 
Description Productivity from Below - Understanding productivity growth in micro-businesses
Amount £890,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/S012788/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
End 04/2022
 
Description SE High Growth Firms Project (Scottish Enterprise, Jan-19, May-19)
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Organisation Scottish Enterprise 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 05/2019
 
Description Building resilient businesses among disadvantaged groups 
Organisation Aston University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This project focuses on personal and business resilience among business founders from disadvantaged groups. ERC is the lead partner in this project working with research partners in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The study will comprise an initial literature review, fieldwork in London (late 2018) and survey fieldwork in four other European cities (Milan, Frankfurt, Paris and Madrid).
Collaborator Contribution Key outcomes from the project will be research reports and toolkits to enable business facing organisations to support the development of resilient businesses. Dr Maria Wishart is the research fellow working on this project. This project is proceeding as per the planned timeline with the literature review well underway. This is focussing on two key strands of literature - resilience at individual and organisational levels and the contribution of disadvantaged groups to entrepreneurship across Europe. Both will be completed by end-May and launched in early-July. A UK Advisory Group for the project has been established and held its first meeting and Advisory Groups are being established in partner countries.
Impact Two initial literature review were published on July 2018. Initial key findings report was published on December 2018. European fieldwork is currently underway and initial results are due in July-August 2019. Development of related tool-kits is currently underway and will be finalised by December 2019.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Building resilient businesses among disadvantaged groups 
Organisation IE University
PI Contribution This project focuses on personal and business resilience among business founders from disadvantaged groups. ERC is the lead partner in this project working with research partners in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The study will comprise an initial literature review, fieldwork in London (late 2018) and survey fieldwork in four other European cities (Milan, Frankfurt, Paris and Madrid).
Collaborator Contribution Key outcomes from the project will be research reports and toolkits to enable business facing organisations to support the development of resilient businesses. Dr Maria Wishart is the research fellow working on this project. This project is proceeding as per the planned timeline with the literature review well underway. This is focussing on two key strands of literature - resilience at individual and organisational levels and the contribution of disadvantaged groups to entrepreneurship across Europe. Both will be completed by end-May and launched in early-July. A UK Advisory Group for the project has been established and held its first meeting and Advisory Groups are being established in partner countries.
Impact Two initial literature review were published on July 2018. Initial key findings report was published on December 2018. European fieldwork is currently underway and initial results are due in July-August 2019. Development of related tool-kits is currently underway and will be finalised by December 2019.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Building resilient businesses among disadvantaged groups 
Organisation Institute for SME Research Bonn
PI Contribution This project focuses on personal and business resilience among business founders from disadvantaged groups. ERC is the lead partner in this project working with research partners in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The study will comprise an initial literature review, fieldwork in London (late 2018) and survey fieldwork in four other European cities (Milan, Frankfurt, Paris and Madrid).
Collaborator Contribution Key outcomes from the project will be research reports and toolkits to enable business facing organisations to support the development of resilient businesses. Dr Maria Wishart is the research fellow working on this project. This project is proceeding as per the planned timeline with the literature review well underway. This is focussing on two key strands of literature - resilience at individual and organisational levels and the contribution of disadvantaged groups to entrepreneurship across Europe. Both will be completed by end-May and launched in early-July. A UK Advisory Group for the project has been established and held its first meeting and Advisory Groups are being established in partner countries.
Impact Two initial literature review were published on July 2018. Initial key findings report was published on December 2018. European fieldwork is currently underway and initial results are due in July-August 2019. Development of related tool-kits is currently underway and will be finalised by December 2019.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Building resilient businesses among disadvantaged groups 
Organisation University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This project focuses on personal and business resilience among business founders from disadvantaged groups. ERC is the lead partner in this project working with research partners in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The study will comprise an initial literature review, fieldwork in London (late 2018) and survey fieldwork in four other European cities (Milan, Frankfurt, Paris and Madrid).
Collaborator Contribution Key outcomes from the project will be research reports and toolkits to enable business facing organisations to support the development of resilient businesses. Dr Maria Wishart is the research fellow working on this project. This project is proceeding as per the planned timeline with the literature review well underway. This is focussing on two key strands of literature - resilience at individual and organisational levels and the contribution of disadvantaged groups to entrepreneurship across Europe. Both will be completed by end-May and launched in early-July. A UK Advisory Group for the project has been established and held its first meeting and Advisory Groups are being established in partner countries.
Impact Two initial literature review were published on July 2018. Initial key findings report was published on December 2018. European fieldwork is currently underway and initial results are due in July-August 2019. Development of related tool-kits is currently underway and will be finalised by December 2019.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Building resilient businesses among disadvantaged groups 
Organisation University of Padova
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This project focuses on personal and business resilience among business founders from disadvantaged groups. ERC is the lead partner in this project working with research partners in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The study will comprise an initial literature review, fieldwork in London (late 2018) and survey fieldwork in four other European cities (Milan, Frankfurt, Paris and Madrid).
Collaborator Contribution Key outcomes from the project will be research reports and toolkits to enable business facing organisations to support the development of resilient businesses. Dr Maria Wishart is the research fellow working on this project. This project is proceeding as per the planned timeline with the literature review well underway. This is focussing on two key strands of literature - resilience at individual and organisational levels and the contribution of disadvantaged groups to entrepreneurship across Europe. Both will be completed by end-May and launched in early-July. A UK Advisory Group for the project has been established and held its first meeting and Advisory Groups are being established in partner countries.
Impact Two initial literature review were published on July 2018. Initial key findings report was published on December 2018. European fieldwork is currently underway and initial results are due in July-August 2019. Development of related tool-kits is currently underway and will be finalised by December 2019.
Start Year 2017
 
Description How to improve Productivity in the Manufacturing Supply Chain - Diffusing Excellence across the UK Casting and Metal-forming Sectors 
Organisation Cast Metals Federation
PI Contribution • Assist with the scope of the project including the development of census questions and questions which could provide benchmark comparisons with other relevant surveys and the previous industry census published in 2013; • Contribute to an analysis of the findings from the survey and provide a commentary on the survey results and analysis; • Facilitate contacts to market research groups who may be able to assist the Cast Metals Federation with any additional fieldwork or interviews.
Collaborator Contribution Cast Metal Federation will undertake the majority of the data collection, and initial analysis of the information gathered, using in-house resources.
Impact Data collection for the first stage of this project is now complete and the first results from the project were presented to industry representatives on 22nd November 2018. Discussions are currently taking place with industry representatives to shape research activity in Years 2 and 3 of the fellowship.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Monitoring and Evaluation workshop for the Mayoral Combined Authorities hosted by BEIS 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact • Mark Hart participated in a Monitoring and Evaluation workshop for the Mayoral Combined Authorities hosted by BEIS - he delivered a session on the ERC evaluation of the Scottish Enterprise Account Managed Client system (24th October).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description a workshop with economic development managers at Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact • Following the launch of the GEM NI report and NI Local Growth dashboard in November, Mark Hart and Karen Bonner were invited to a workshop with economic development managers at Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council to discuss how the ERC's Local Growth Dashboard can be used to provide simulations for policy options within the development of a strategic economic plan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description part of the judging panel for the Citi Micro-entrepreneurship Awards 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact • In November Vicki Belt was a part of the judging panel for the Citi Micro-entrepreneurship Awards. These annual awards celebrate the contribution and successes of the responsible finance sector and micro-businesses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Annual Conference 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The fifth ERC State of Small Business Britain Conference was held on June 21st at The Shard. This year the focus of the event was on the highly topical theme of 'Productivity and Place'. The Government's Industrial Strategy recognises that if we are to continue to have a competitive national economy, it will be vital to build on the strengths of local economies. But data shows strong geographical variations in SME productivity. Through a range of presentations and panel discussions, the conference focused on the latest data and evidence on SME performance in the UK and reflected on the opportunities and challenges involved in raising the productivity of the UK's SMEs.

Through a lively mix of presentations and discussions, the conference covered a range of issues affecting the productivity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the links between location and business performance. On the day the ERC also launched findings from our new major survey on micro-businesses in the UK, as well as releasing new data from the 2018 UK Local Growth Dashboard. The key findings from both Micro-business Britain and the Growth Dashboard were reported in our new conference report - The State of Small Business Britain 2018.

The conference was chaired by Lucy Armstrong, Chair of the ERC's Steering Group, and we were joined by speakers from BEIS, NatWest, Be the Business, the CBI, CCC, FSB, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, the Scale-Up institute, as well as two small business leaders speaking about their own experiences of receiving external support to make performance improvements to their businesses.

Overall, the conference had four main aims: 1) to cement the position of the ERC as a source of robust data and evidence on SME growth and provider of valuable insights on the economic development landscape; 2) to gather together a range of key influencers from the business, policy and practitioner communities and generate stimulating discussion and debate; 3) to share new ERC research insights on the themes of productivity and place; 4) to demonstrate the position of the ERC as sitting at the centre of policy debates on SME growth, and its close connections with the policy and business communities. All of these aims were successfully met. Delegate feedback received both on the day, and via the post-event feedback questionnaire, was overwhelmingly positive, particularly in terms of the effectiveness of the sessions, conference chairing, the mix of speakers and overall conference organisation. The press releases we generated for the event generated quality media coverage, and we achieved significant attention from key stakeholders and influencers on social media, and an increase in visitors to the ERC's website (more detail in the evaluation report).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BEIS Business Support Evaluation Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact BEIS Business Support Evaluation Workshop - ERC (Roper and Hart) attended this workshop on 23rd July designed to help design an overall framework for evaluating BEIS business support schemes going forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BEIS business support workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact BEIS business support workshop - The ERC Directors also participated in a BEIS-ESRC invited workshop on 'Business Support and SME Productivity' in BEIS on Friday February 16th which was the first in a series of events in the review signalled in the Industrial Strategy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Be the Business - Lunch and Learn Session 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Be the Business - Lunch and Learn Session - Professor Mark Hart led a workshop for analysts in the Be the Business on 13th June to provide them with an overview of the ERC's work on productivity and other aspects of small business growth.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Better Business Resilience Report Launch Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 12th December, more than sixty stakeholders attended our event at WBS in The Shard, to launch the London survey findings of the 'Building Better Business Resilience' study supported by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. This study is focusing on female and ethnic-minority business leaders who are generally under-represented in entrepreneurship, seeking to identify the characteristics that underpin resilience in these groups and to develop toolkits to help their businesses to become more resilient. The preliminary findings of the research indicate that ethnic-led businesses are considerably more likely than non-ethnic led businesses to have experienced an event that threatened their survival in the recent past. It is also evident that female and ethnic leaders manage their businesses in different ways than their male and non-ethnic counterparts, and that the location of an SME may be relevant to its ability to withstand shocks. We issued a press release alongside the event and received good coverage of the research findings in The Times.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Business Support and SME Productivity Review (2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact ERC are working with the Business Growth Directorate in BEIS on this review trailed in the Industrial Strategy White Paper. Our role is to provide analysis, interpretation and recommendations to the Department as they prepare their business support offers in November 2018. ERC has worked with the What Works Centre for Local growth on a submission on the principles for a business support framework in England. There are a series of workshops and events in the coming months involving ERC researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ERC @ the Thought Experiment 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Stephen Roper and Mark Hart were guest speakers of the Open Innovation Team in the Cabinet Office on Thursday February 15th to kick off their Spring 'Thought Experiment' seminar series. They discussed SME growth and productivity and presented new data and ideas on business support and innovation to officials from Cabinet Office, HMT and Number 10. The Open Innovation Team helps Whitehall departments generate analysis and ideas by deepening collaboration with academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ERC Phase 3 Launch Dinner 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact We held a dinner event on 14th February for funders, the Vice Chancellors of Warwick and Aston Universities, and both of the university Business School Deans to mark the launch of ERC Phase 3. We held a very useful discussion during the dinner about the future strategy and priorities for the Centre, with positive feedback from both Vice Chancellors on the previous performance and future potential impact of the Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ERC at Stats Canada 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ERC at Stats Canada - Stephen Roper presented some of the latest ERC research at a seminar on 1st March in Ottawa organised by the Canadian government on evaluating the impact of public support for R&D. Other speakers from Canada and the OECD explored alternative approaches to impact evaluation using administrative and survey data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ERC contributed to the 'Integra' industry association annual conference (20th September) with a presentation on 'Innovation to profit'. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ERC contributed to the 'Integra' industry association annual conference (20th September) with a presentation on 'Innovation to profit'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ERC convened a meeting to support the Industrial Strategy 2.4% R&D target for BEIS on 8th March 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact ERC convened a meeting to support the Industrial Strategy 2.4% R&D target for BEIS on 8th March
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ERC held a series of meetings and engagement with DIT staff 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact ERC held a series of meetings and engagement with DIT staff relating to the measurement of the benefits of external trading (18th April and subsequently)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ESRC-ONS workshop on 'Understanding management practices, employee engagement and firm-level productivity: where are we now and what next?', held at the BEIS Conference Centre in London on 28th February. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Vicki Belt participated in the ESRC-ONS workshop on 'Understanding management practices, employee engagement and firm-level productivity: where are we now and what next?', held at the BEIS Conference Centre in London on 28th February. This event focused on identifying a potential new research agenda around management practices, employee engagement and firm-level productivity, so insights from ERC research on the SME dimensions to the issues were relevant.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description GEM UK 2017 Report Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact GEM UK 2017 Report Launch - NatWest sponsored the GEM UK report and hosted the launch on 4th July in their Accelerator Hub in Islington - Professor Mark Hart and Professor Jonathan Levie presented the headline results and Alison Rose (CEO) provided a response.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited seminar University College Cork 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited seminar University College Cork - Bettina Becker has been invited to present the paper 'The effectiveness of regional, national and EU support for innovation in the UK and Spain', co-authored with Stephen Roper and Jim Love, at a seminar at University College Cork on 23rd March.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited seminar at Punjab University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited seminar at Punjab University - Neha Prashar, ERC Research Fellow was invited by Professor Arun Grover, Vice Chancellor of Panjab University, to give a seminar on her PhD topic at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India on February 26th 2018. Her presentation covered one part of her thesis that analysed the relationship between domestic violence, women's working status and women reservation policy in public employment in India. The research topic was well received and proved a successful seminar, bridging important contacts within the Economics Department and Panjab University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mark Hart delivered a keynote to the "Business and Start-up Growth Roundtable" in Liverpool 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact • Mark Hart delivered a keynote to the "Business and Start-up Growth Roundtable" in Liverpool hosted by the Liverpool Business Group (Federation of Small Business, Confederation of British Industry, Institute of Directors, Business Improvement District, Professional Liverpool, Downtown in Business and The Women's Organisation (14th September).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with WMG 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • The ERC met with colleagues from the SME group from the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) based at Warwick University. WMG provides pioneering support for innovation in SMEs. It has worked with thousands of SMEs to help them address technology challenges, exploit new opportunities and gain competitive advantage. We discussed potential collaboration opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Midlands Investment Summit (20th March) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Midlands Investment Summit (20th March) - Mark Hart presented at the UKBAA session at the one-day investment summit on small business growth and angel and equity finance
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description New Anglia LEP Innovation Event (24 April) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact New Anglia LEP Innovation Event (24 April) - Mark Hart presented a session on driving business growth and commercialising innovation to an audience of business owners and policy makers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description OECD/BEIS Workshop on Productivity and Business Support (26-27 April) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact OECD/BEIS Workshop on Productivity and Business Support (26-27 April) - Kevin Mole and Mark Hart attended this 2-day workshop to engage with an invited international audience to discuss evaluation evidence on the impact of business support programmes and initiatives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Participation in Inaugural Global Scale-up Practitioners Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • Participation in Inaugural Global Scale-up Practitioners Summit - The summit was organised by Dan Isenberg and held at Babson College, Boston over two days and brought together over 40 practitioners from across the world including Brazil (Rio), Scotland, England, Russia, Panama, USA (Milwaukee, NE Ohio), Switzerland (Vaud), Colombia (Manizales), Saudi Arabia and Haiti. The purpose of the summit was to significantly enhance the quantity and impact of Scale Up projects around the world by sharing good practice. Mark Hart was invited to present the latest ERC research on small business growth and productivity and to explain the principles of world-class impact evaluation of scale-up projects (31st October - 1st November).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Seminar with PR Journalista 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact on 9th October we held a seminar at Aston University with our new PR partner, James Tout of Journalista, on the value of social media for enhancing research impact. The event was very successful. We have subsequently seen a considerable positive change within the team in terms of social media activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Small Business Finance Markets Report 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact ERC worked with the British Business Bank to provide analysis for the latest SBFM Report launched at the London Stock Exchange on 20th February. In particular, our most recent analysis on fast-growing firms and their impact on productivity underpinned the chapter in the report on high-growth firms and firms experiencing high-growth episodes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Teach-in with IPO 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The teach-in session is very well-received and generated useful questions, discussion points and potential new research directions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Teach-in with Innovate UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The with Innovate UK focused on the latest evidence, research and insights on several aspects of innovation, and themes discussed included the impact of innovation grants, UK R&D trends, innovation clusters, supply chains and diversity/inclusion issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Whitehall DECA Project 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact ERC is a member of the Steering Group involving BEIS, HMRC and the ONS on an innovative project on building cross-Whitehall datasets to provide insight into the identification of high potential growth firms in the UK. Using AI and machine learning techniques/data science algorithms on traditional and non-traditional datasets the intention is to produce some headline results by the end of 2018 to inform the development of an appropriate business support framework.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description a design workshop run by BEIS and Innovate UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact • Vicki Belt took part in a design workshop run by BEIS and Innovate UK on 13th November focusing on the Business Basics Programme. The aim of the event was to gather views from external stakeholders on the strategy for the Business Basics programme and capture ideas for innovation and future activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description a meeting between BEIS, the ESRC and the four research centres awarded Industrial Strategy Evidence Funding on 6th February 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Vicki Belt participated in a meeting between BEIS, the ESRC and the four research centres awarded Industrial Strategy Evidence Funding on 6th February, where progress on respective projects was discussed, as well as areas for future events and knowledge-sharing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description a research paper on her work on innovation collaboration in UK metalworking firms at the prestigious DRUID Academy for early career researchers in Aalborg, Denmark in January 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • Temi Akinremi from ERC presented a research paper on her work on innovation collaboration in UK metalworking firms at the prestigious DRUID Academy for early career researchers in Aalborg, Denmark in January. Stephen Roper delivered a keynote presentation at the same event focussing on the unforeseen effects of innovation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description an interactive panel discussion 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact • Hosted by the Chartered Association of Business schools in conjunction with the Chartered ABS Annual Conference Mark Hart took part in an interactive panel discussion looking at how small businesses can tackle the risks and complexities of Brexit and explore the key Brexit-related issues that are impacting small businesses. Chaired by Lord Young, Patron, Small business Charter, other speakers on the expert panel included Richard Davies, SME Banking Director, TSB, Emma Jones (Enterprise Nation) and Neil Warwick OBE, Chair for Brexit, FSB. The panel was chaired by Michelle Ovens (Chair, Small Business Charter) - 5th November.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description attended a workshop in London run by Innovate UK and the Innovation Caucus 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • On 23rd January, Maria Wishart attended a workshop in London run by Innovate UK and the Innovation Caucus to initiate a research project focusing on diversity and inclusion in business innovation. The event brought together a range of stakeholders, from academia, research organisations, businesses, charities and government, to share evidence and to scope the survey phase of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description discussions with potential partners in Alberta 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact • ERC began discussions with potential partners in Alberta around a potential research and learning partnership building on ERC research expertise and providing access to Canadian data and research resources (25-26th October).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description gave evidence to an Irish Government Senate committee on SMEs 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact • Stephen Roper and Jane Bourke gave evidence to an Irish Government Senate committee on SMEs in mid-November following a submission to their Call for Evidence.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description keynote speaker at the 22nd Annual Ethnic Minority Business Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact • Mark Hart was a keynote speaker at the 22nd Annual Ethnic Minority Business Conference hosted by CREME (Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship) on 20th November. The conference, titled 'Entrepreneurship for Good: The Value(s) of Minority Business' sparked the interest and appeal of a diverse group of delegates in from the worlds of business and policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description new data on SMEs in Northern Ireland at the Entrepreneurship in Action event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact • The ERC launched new data on SMEs in Northern Ireland at the Entrepreneurship in Action event organised by Invest Northern Ireland in Armagh on 12th November. Nola Hewitt-Dundas presented findings from the Micro-business Northern Ireland report, and Karen Bonner presented findings from the Northern Ireland Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description presented evidence to the APPG on Professional Sales 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • Mark Hart presented evidence to the APPG on Professional Sales on February 11th in Portcullis House on the role of sales modules in leadership and management programmes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description r the Annual Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact • The ERC joined over 300 entrepreneurship and small business researcher in Birmingham on the 7th and 8th November for the Annual Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) conference. ERC researchers Stephen Roper, Jane Bourke, Maria Wishart and Kevin Mole presented several papers on business support, digital diffusion, the negative effects of innovation and managerial morality.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description the second meeting of the ERC Steering Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • We held the second meeting of the ERC Steering Group on 10th January. Themes discussed included the role of ERC in Brexit debates and how to maximise communications for better impact. The Steering Group continues to be well attended and to offer valued advice as 'critical friends' of the centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description was an event with City-REDI, a research centre based at Birmingham University with overlapping interests with ERC 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An event is held with City-REDI, a research centre based at Birmingham University with overlapping interests with ERC. City-REDI led by Prof Simon Collinson has a focus on economic development in the West Midlands region and works closely with local development agencies. Key areas of overlapping interest are productivity, innovation and business growth and performance. ERC has stronger expertise in using administrative data and data matching while City-REDI have stronger macro-modelling capabilities. We are developing several joint proposals for future project funding together.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description workshop on the evaluation of support for agricultural and agri-business innovation in Ottawa, Canada 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact • ERC staff contributed to a two-day workshop on the evaluation of support for agricultural and agri-business innovation in Ottawa, Canada. We reported on the evaluation study of UKRI spending we have undertaken and the application of a similar approach in Canada (22-23rd October 2018).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description • ERC contributed to a workshop supported by UKRI and the Royal Society on the 2.4 per cent R&D target (16th October 2018). 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact • ERC contributed to a workshop supported by UKRI and the Royal Society on the 2.4 per cent R&D target (16th October 2018).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description • Mark Hart delivered a keynote presentation to the SME Live conference at the NEC in Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact • Mark Hart delivered a keynote presentation to the SME Live conference at the NEC in Birmingham entitled "Solving the UK's Productivity Problem against the backdrop of Brexit - challenges and opportunities for small businesses" (16th October).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description • On the 11th October Vicki Belt took part in the meeting of the International Advisory Board for the Productivity Insights Network (PIN) at Nesta's offices in London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact • On the 11th October Vicki Belt took part in the meeting of the International Advisory Board for the Productivity Insights Network (PIN) at Nesta's offices in London, which was attended by Lord Jim O'Neill.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018